Spaniard Marc Gene has been revealed tonight as the first driver of Nissan’s revolutionary new Le Mans challenger, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. 

The former Audi and Peugeot factory driver has an exemplary record in LM P1 racing with eight LM P1 Le Mans 24 Hours races under his belt, most recently claiming a second place overall in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours as a last minute stand-in for Loic Duval who was injured during a crash in practice.

“This season we should just focus on learning about and improving the car every time we head out onto the track, whether for testing or racing.” said Gene “Making it to the finish would already be an achievement on it’s own. I hope we can show that the car is competitive, especially at Le Mans.”

“Nissan NISMO is a great team already. From the very beginning I have experienced a very good atmosphere in the team. The mechanics and engineers are all very professional and most have Le Mans experience.” he continued. “From my side, my experience in works teams will definitely help Nissan as I have already faced the challenge we are all now facing.

“Our goal is to reach the podium and ultimately win Le Mans. However we are all aware that at Le Mans there are no short-cuts and we will only achieve our goals with time and hard work, especially now that it is probably the most competitive Le Mans ever with four different manufacturers.”